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Catherine The Great Imperial Stout by Brouwerij De Regenboog
American Double / Imperial Stout
10.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 10/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Light brown pour settling nearly black in the glass as it grabs just a bit of light to create a mega deep mahogany brown cast. Tall creamy thick khaki head grows quickly to the top of the goblet and settles slowly to keep a small mound of froth on top. Lots of lacey holed curtains hold to the glass with a static might.

Aroma is lightly tangy and sweet with ripe fruit that has some lofty banana cream pie, under sided with raspberry jam, apricot jam, and a slight fig/raisin breadyness. Nice, I could get use to this. Its nose is not a hugely immense waft like some out there, but this has a perfect pleasing amount of complexity and power behind it that really speaks to a well-crafted experience of what any good Belgian brew usually displays.

Taste is tangy and mellow with a lower sweetened fruityness with mostly fig and raisinyness caked into some slightly soured doughyness of sweet bread drizzled with apricot, caramel, and softly baked cinnamon topping. Again, much like in the aroma, it has a certain complexity and tone to it that I really like. And that really all that matters. As it finishes bold and round with a slight nudge of body and a very light feathery dryness and a leftover soury tang of dark fruity malt.

Body is a solid medium with an all impotant malty balance and mellowing tang that suits a building crescendo just past the midway point of girth where it sinks quickly away to a burp and then a simple, delicate, finish where it drys slightly as residual malty tang tangs the back of the palate.

A surprising nice little brew here. I quite liked it, but of cousre found it to be nowhere near an Imperial Stout, as suggested on the label, or as a American Dbl. stout as suggested here; labels, style aside. Its a good Belgian style brew that is worth a try.

Price: $5.80 Served In: Goblet

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